No one should have to make the impossible choice between putting food on the table or heating their homes. But for many people at risk of hunger, the cost of gas and electricity means they have little money left for decent food.
Fuel banks are a simple, but innovative solution. Pioneered by npower, they provide emergency fuel vouchers to people at food banks, which provide 2 weeks’ worth of credit to top up gas or electricity meters. The vouchers can be used regardless of energy supplier, meaning they can be given to any food bank customer in need.
Feeding Birkenhead piloted one of the first fuel banks in Wirral Food Bank. Since 2016 the Wirral fuel bank has helped more than 20,000 people. The Coventry Food Bank, part of Feeding Coventry, has also being running a fuel bank since 2017, and has helped 3,648 people.
Feeding Britain is now working with the npower Foundation to set up fuel banks in more of our pilot areas around the country. By doing this, we will be able to help people at risk of hunger, not only by providing food, but also by ensuring people have the fuel to cook it, and a warm home to eat it in.
The fuel bank in Cornwall, which after a very successful crowdfunding campaign opened in the winter of 2018, will be able to provide a crucial lifeline to local families, offering emergency fuel to over 1000 people in need alongside their food parcel. The fuel bank will be based in the independent food banks run by Transformation CPR which supports anywhere from 400-700 people per month. To support the fuel bank, and ensure its running for years to come, please consider donating here.
In response to a growing need we are raising funds for the 3 fuel banks in Cheshire West. We want to ensure that fewer Cheshire West residents have to choose between heating their home and feeding their family, if you would like to help, please consider donating here.